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Hornish rejoins Penske "home" for select NASCAR Xfinity races

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Hornish rejoins Penske "home" for select NASCAR Xfinity races
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Jun 15, 2017, 3:20 PM

Former IndyCar and Indianapolis 500 champion Sam Hornish Jr. will return to NASCAR competition this season with Team Penske.

Sam Hornish Jr., Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
Sam Hornish Jr., Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
Polesitter Sam Hornish Jr., Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
Race winner Sam Hornish Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Sam Hornish Jr., Richard Petty Motorsports Ford

The organization announced Thursday Hornish will compete in at least three Xfinity Series races this season for its No. 22 team – both Iowa races June 24 and July 29 and the Aug. 12 road course event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

“I’m really excited to return to Team Penske and get the opportunity to drive the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang in a few races this season,” Hornish said in a statement. “Team Penske continues to be one of the top teams in the Xfinity Series and I’m looking forward to once again working with them.

“Roger (Penske) and Team Penske have been a huge part of my racing career, so coming back here feels like home. I’m also really appreciative of everyone at Discount Tire for allowing me to take the reins of one of the most recognizable cars in the garage area.”

After capturing two IndyCar Series championships with Panther Racing, Hornish joined Team Penske in 2004, racing for its famed open-wheel team. Over the course of the next four IndyCar seasons, he earned eight wins – including a victory in the 2006 Indianapolis 500 – and that year's series championship. 

The Ohio native has also made 130 starts in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and 99 starts in the Xfinity Series for Team Penske between 2006 and 2013. He has four career wins in the Xfinity Series and a career-best second-place finish in the 2013 series standings.

Team Penske said it may add additional races to Hornish’s schedule this season.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske
Author Jim Utter